orthogenesis

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Etymology[edit]

From ortho- +‎ -genesis, coined by Wilhelm Haacke in 1893 and popularized with its standard meaning by Theodor Eimer.

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orthogenesis ‎(plural orthogeneses)

  1. (biology, historical) The hypothesis that evolution tends toward a certain goal, at least at some scales.

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